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October 16, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Paramore bigger, working on better | Concert review

To play arenas, bands know they have to become bigger versions of themselves: more flashing lights, more thumping bass, more rock, more roll. The formula was on display Tuesday night as Paramore got their “Self-titled” tour kicked off at KeyArena.

The former home to the Sonics was about half full when opener Hellogoodbye tried out some new songs and more fans trickled in as Metric (led by frontwoman Emily Haines, clad in a gold-fringed leather jacket and black leather pants) raced through a strikingly short set.

By the time Paramore rumbled onto the stage with a muddled version of “Grow Up,” the arena felt full even if it was far from a sellout. 

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October 15, 2013 at 3:39 AM

Paramore brings new sound to KeyArena tonight | Concert preview

Paramore plays Key Arena Tuesday night.

Paramore plays Key Arena Tuesday night.

It’s been a busy few years for the alt-rock band Paramore, who for a long while existed in the awkward no-man’s land between emo, pop-punk and a furtive hint of hardcore.

The band from Franklin, Tenn., lost two of its founding members (brothers Josh and Zac Farro) in late 2010, but regrouped and released a self-titled LP in April. “Paramore,” which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200, is a dramatic shift in style and shows a band — all still in their early 20s — growing up in fits and starts.

Led by frontwoman Hayley Williams, Paramore plays the KeyArena tonight with Metric, another band that knows a thing or two about reinvention. Fun fact: Metric formed in 1998, the year Williams turned 10 years old.

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